Printed samples have just come in for a book I illustrated last year for a self published author, Leila L. Leidtke. I posted several early versions of the cover and illustrations on this blog as I was working through the creative process (see 8/2/2013, 8/7/2013 and 10/17/2013 ). This book took about 9 months to finish and another 6 months before it was printed. It’s a good feeling to be finally have closure on this project. The author and I are very pleased with the finished product. Currently, books can be ordered directly from Friesen Press, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. There is also an ebook version available, I haven’t seen it yet.
I find the only way to keep myself motivated is to keep setting goals and making deadline. I sign-up for critiques with agents and publishers at SCBWI events. I find I must be motivated to create my best work, deadlines help me keep on track. I am busy illustrating picture books for other authors, but to get my own work done, I must take a risk and commit. Read my blog to see how I accomplish this. http://wp.me/p2Av8t-2XK